From Guy Bell comes notice of “The Gun Show,” a juried art competition, with prizes up to $2,500, for works exploring the firearm in Southern culture.

It’s sponsored by Drawl, a gallery of contemporary Southern art in Little Rock, and the Oxford American. Chad Allgood, a curator at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, will judge the entries.

The link provides all the relevant information on the contest, limited to Southern artists. It costs $30 to enter and entries are submitted digitally. Says the website:

Guns are an integral element of the Southern region and hold a wide range of powerful associations — they are complex, iconic symbols of freedom, outdoor leisure, artistry, mechanical precision, survival, vi olence and war.

The Gun Show is a multi-discipline project that explores the role of the firearm in Southern culture by inviting artists, writers and scholars to consider the historical and cultural role of guns and their place in our society by asking, “What does the visual presence of guns suggest to you?”

Fire away. Entry deadline is March 25.

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